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Friday, January 7, 2011

Fabulous Felting Workshop

hat in good progress, plus several little bags
Yesterday at Vicen's house in Penicuik we had a great fullday and full-on felting workshop with 6 women and one child facilitated by Laryna from Glasgow. It was an advanced/intermediate wet felting course, but most participants had not done much or even any wet felting at all. Anneruth organised the workshop because proper wet-felting, esp of strong wearebles, is not on offer in the Saturday sessions at the townhall, but as people really wanted to have both the experience of the fullness of felt craft for a change, plus because they wanted to wear something proper made of felt, such as hat or a bag.
Vicen's hat also in good progress: second colour coming on!
Everybody was so very grateful for Vicen's hospitality which made the session both affordable and a homely fun.
Katie's bag ready for taking home and maing felt bead closure
It is quite hard work to get it all right - the even layering of the fibres, to make the seamless smooth and firm, and full (rolling hard) the fabric until desired wearable firmness is achieved.
Sarah's big shoulderbag ready to be cut open...
Craft instructor and maker Laryna was very impressed with the outcomes: really beautifully and strongly worked seamless felt fabric items! And the new makers were also very appreciative of her supportive enthusism and good instructions.

Plans are being hatched to no more buy Christmas presents but to make them oneself!

More pictures of the feats of this day and the 'fabulous way of removing air' (= another name for 'felt making') to follow - so watch this space!

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